What’s so great about mole sauce, anyway? Well, we can tell you all about that.
Mole sauce is not everyone’s cup of hot chocolate, we get it. While the taste of mole sauce can be classified as “acquired,” it’s a popular sauce in central and southern parts of Mexico. The authentic flavor unique to this rich chocolate-chile sauce can be found in many Mexican dishes.
Here are a few reasons why mole sauce is worth trying (and loving).
The traditional sauce contains onion, garlic, chili peppers chocolate, spices, and ground nuts and seeds. Sweet and spicy? Though it may seem like a strange combination, the result is, well… awesome. Sugar , ground cinnamon, cloves, and coriander have even been known to appear in various recipes.
It has feel-good benefits
It may be a caloric sauce, but it is packed with good-for-you qualities. According to the Institute of Medicine, mole sauce is an excellent source of Vitamin B, riboflavin, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and niacin. Chocolate is rich in flavonoids, helping to protect your cells and organs from free radicals, and it provides you with an energy boost. Add tomatoes for an extra health boost.
It plays nice with others
Mole is often served with chicken, but goes great with beef or enchiladas. You can get creative and serve with rice and/or tortillas with added salad greens, sliced avocado, and chopped tomatoes for a simple but special meal. Here’s a recipe for poached eggs in mole with creamy green rice. Its rich flavor makes a statement in almost any Mexican dish, and it’s easy to make ahead and freeze.
Try this fantastic recipe for traditional Mexican mole sauce.